The education sector has in the recent past, benefited from the use of technology in management and administration tasks. But now technology is now helping students, teachers and institutes to experience and provide better training across different fields, more effectively than was possible with traditional teaching methods. In this post, we will look at how Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are being used in education the world over.

Medical and Healthcare training

AR and VR have provided excellent support in training students in the field of healthcare and medicine. Students need no longer rely on 2-D images to visualize 3-D subject matter and can get a better understanding of the concept. For example, UK’s National Health Service, the NHS used an AR-based solution to effectively train healthcare assistants, doctors and nurses in critical subject areas while also reducing the costs associated with scaling up.

For instance, it uses interactive tablet-based applications with AR to teach students complex topics in Obstetrics, Chest/Lung Emergencies and Sepsis awareness. These apps can be used both in the classroom as well as in the hospital ward for trainee medical professionals. These interactive AR apps offer an immersive experience. They allow students to manipulate the subject matter, which helps them gain better insights and understanding as compared to traditional textbook methods.

In school classrooms

Schools can take advantage of Google’s AR/VR products at a low cost to enhance students’ experience. VR/AR allows teachers to guide students through a virtual tour and bring to life abstract concepts. Google Expeditions Kits enable students to go on field trips without leaving the classroom. Expeditions explore various subjects including history, science, the arts, and the natural world. The set-up is minimal, requiring just the app, with a mobile device that supports AR and a Cardboard viewer, which is also optional.

Aerospace education and training

In the field of aerospace training, AR and VR training modules offer opportunities to significantly increase the effectiveness of the training while reducing costs.

Traditionally the industry has used simulator training methods for pilots and cabin crews which have many limitations. Firstly, it is limited in scope as only a small number of possible scenarios can be replicated. Secondly, it restricts the number of users which means additional man-hours and costs are required to train more people. Additionally, the airline companies must factor in the costs of ongoing and continuous training as all pilot and cabin crew licenses must be renewed regularly. AR and VR can be used simultaneously by all trainees, can be used to recreate multiple scenarios. and therefore, adds more value.

For example, Japan Airlines has developed two programs using Microsoft HoloLens to train both flight crew as well as engineers. These allow trainees to experience a virtual cockpit or explore an engine model to see and understand how it works from different angles.

As technology becomes more affordable, and educational institutes and organizations are getting access to different types of immersive tech-related education tools and platforms. Technology and traditional learning are combining strengths to ensure a better learning experience both in the classroom and in the workplace.